Indians of North America: The Mohawk /The Choctaw & The Teton Sioux
Rating: Neutral - Nothing else available
A wonderful forward written by Ada Deer, (First woman to chair the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin and the first Native American woman to run for congress and win) gives a glimpse of the Native perspective in today’s society. Bonvillain and McKee give a very genuine researched effort to make this particular revised seven book series, on the larger tribes of the North American continent, one of the best available
(I contacted the three tribes Teton Sioux, Choctaw, and the Mohawk to get what they thought of the books. The general consensus is:
1) Each of our Resources libraries has a copy of this particular series.
3) That the books are written from an outside perspective and written by anthropologists.
The series is written in a very Euro-anthropological linear style (written in a very scientific way. It seems as if the authors researched the tribes through documents written by both the United States Government agents or other Anthropologists/ethnographers, but didn’t talk to tribal people /historians to get the Native Point of View. This would mean that the reader is getting a very Euro-American ethnocentric view of Native history and people that survived genocide.) Readers can glean what life was and is for Native peoples of North America from a short section on prehistoric nomadic peoples living in 1700 B.C., to the peoples fight for sovereignty and living improvements in the twenty-first century. Colored photos in the center of the book show the detailed crafts/handiwork of tribal members, while black and white photos show the people. The book offers: a brief synopsis of the tribe in “at a Glance” section, a list of important European dates in the Chronology, a two and a half page glossary, more book and website information in the bibliography, a fairly lengthy index, and a brief biography on the contributors.
Marlette Grant-Jackson – ITEPP-CRC